Quality British Engineering | A Tidyco Tube Bending Case Study
Derby-based Tidyco, a supplier of hydraulic and pneumatics to the rail industry for over 40 years has recently provided a tube bending solution to one of its major rolling stock clients.
Tidyco was approached by a valued rail customer who were encountering difficulties regarding a manipulated tube bending requirement.

The customer was in need of a complex series of tubing capable of being installed within very confined areas of the carriages whilst being able to effectively transfer refrigerant throughout the train.

Having approached various suppliers unable to develop an appropriate product, Tidyco was on-hand to work in partnership so as to design a fit-for-purpose solution.

The client was impressed by the company’s multi-disciplinary approach, bolstered by a vast range of expertise covering hydraulics, pneumatics, HVAC as well as tube bending.

Paul Jacks – Rail Director for Tidyco, reflects; “This really was a collaborative endeavour for all concerned. Internally, Tidyco Rail and Climate Control Divisions joined forces so as to develop a system capable of delivering client requirements. The production team were tasked with manufacturing the tubing systems to incredibly stringent specifications.

Furthermore, Tidyco provided both remote as well as on-site R&D support, whereby working closely with the OEMs engineering team allowed for a rapid progression regarding the manufacture of an incredibly complicated application.”

Phil Mason – Production Director for Tidyco, further elaborates; “This was a steep learning curve for my production team resulting in successfully delivering the goods! Firstly, innovative brazing processes had to be developed.

Additionally, a realisation was made regarding a need to manufacture bespoke tools and jigs capable of engineering the desired end result.”

David Hithersay – Climate Control Director for Tidyco, stepped in to provide support regarding the refrigerant requirements; “This was a complex HVAC issue whereby I was able to adapt the nitrogen so as to test to 25 bar.”

The final process involved tagging each pipe kit with the trademarked Tidyco Asset Management System. Reaching finalist stage in trade press publication; Tomorrows FM 2018 innovation Awards, the Asset Management System provides full product lifecycle, history and re-ordering facility for every single item that is manufactured.

The Tidyco Climate Control Division utilises the technology to ensure that HVAC maintenance schedules are automated so as to uphold legal requirements.

Recent investment in a sophisticated robotic arm ensured that even when drawings were not available, Tidyco was able to scan and plot so as to generate a 3D image to be used within the manufacturing process.

The project was turned around in just two weeks.

Within the wider scope of overall project objectives, Tidyco was also instrumental regarding the design of a sophisticated wheel slip protective system which forms part of overall safety critical necessities.

To find out more about the Tidyco tube bending service provision, contact the team on: 01332 851 300.

About the author

Barry Aldridge MCIM

Head of Marketing at Tidyco Limited and member of the Board of Directors for Midlands Rail Forum.